A 38-year-old member asked:
what would be considered safer (overall) - ritalin (methylphenidate) or adderall?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 35 years experience
ADD med safety: Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) (dexamphetamine) have comparable safety profiles, however Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) may have slightly more risk of side effects (appetite, sleep, anxiety). In the absence of underlying heart problems, or family hx of early cardiac deaths there should be no heart issues, but if used your doctor should check your blood pressure and heart rate periodically.
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
No difference: There is no significant difference between the two medications in terms of safety.
A 36-year-old member asked:
What does it feel like when your ritalin (methylphenidate) or Adderall wears off?
2 doctor answers • 15 doctors weighed in
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Varies a lot: Some people state they feel absolutely the same whether on or off a stimulant, even though others observe huge behavioral differences. Others definitely notice effects, good & bad, such as better attention and productivity as well as no appetite that fade as the medicine wears off. Still others have "rebound, " being irritable & even more symptomatic for awhile before returning to baseline.
A 36-year-old member asked:
What are the differences in dosage between ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderall?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Little: Both should be titrated to each patient.
A 40-year-old member asked:
What the effects of ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderall?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Various: The stimulant medicines can cause a variety of possible side effects. Physical side effects can include headache, stomach complaints, nausea, decreased appetite, and muscle twitches (tics). Sometimes there is increased heart rate and blood pressure. Emtional side effects can include increased anxiety and moodiness. Usually, by starting with a low dose of medication, side effects are minimized.
A 39-year-old member asked:
How are ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall different?
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Activity: The area of the CNS they work on is slightly different.We are not very skilled at presaging that difference.We usually try one and gauge improvement.
A 29-year-old member asked:
What are the side effects of ritalin (methylphenidate) compared to adderall?
1 doctor answer • 8 doctors weighed in
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Similar: Both stimulants can cause headache, stomach ache, agitation, insomnia and appetite suppression, in about 20% of patients.The effectiveness of the two in managing symptoms of adhd is also about the same, 70-80%. Each person who takes these medications has an individual response. Work with your doctor to find the right medication and dose for you.
Last updated Jun 27, 2018
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